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Backing for untested medicines law

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is backing a bill that would allow dying patients to be treated with untested medicines

A new law allowing dying patients to be treated with untested medicines has moved a step closer after the Government gave its backing to the plan.

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Survivor nurse begins Ebola mission

British nurse William Pooley, who survived Ebola, has flown back to Sierra Leone

The British nurse who survived Ebola will begin his second spell treating people infected by the deadly virus after returning to the country where he caught the infection.

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Drink rise 'linked to death rates'

A jump in liver disease deaths was triggered by a rise in alcohol consumption, Public Health England warned

A startling jump in the number of people dying of liver disease has been triggered by an increase in alcohol consumption, Public Health England (PHE) has warned.

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Prison system in crisis - charity

A charity has warned that the prison system is in crisis

The prison system in England and Wales is in crisis, with the number of officers cut by 41% during the Government's time in office, a leading charity has warned.

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Ebola nurse returns to fight virus

Ebola nurse William Pooley returned to Sierra Leone where he caught the virus to rejoin efforts to fight the epidemic

The British nurse who survived Ebola has flown back to the country where he caught the deadly virus as he prepares to rejoin efforts to tackle the epidemic.

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Contact plea to trekkers in Nepal

Security personnel outside Army Hospital where some injured avalanche victims are being treated in Katmandu

British trekkers in Nepal are being urged to contact their families following days of horrific blizzards and avalanches, the Foreign Office said.

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Avoidable death claims to be probed

Dame Julie Mellor, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, said the watchdog is to examine complaints over potentially avoidable deaths

The health service watchdog is examining more than 250 complaints about potentially avoidable deaths and many more about cases where patients may have suffered needless harm.

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Father's tense wait for Nepal news

Security personnel outside Army Hospital where some injured avalanche victims are being treated in Katmandu (AP)

A man has spoken of the "tense and horrific" wait to hear from his "missing" daughter in northern Nepal following deadly blizzards and avalanches which have claimed the lives of 38 people.

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Leaders discuss Ukraine ceasefire

People stage a protest against the Ukrainian government, in Milan ahead of a gathering of world leaders (AP)

Efforts to secure the full implementation of a ceasefire in Ukraine are set to dominate a gathering of world leaders in Italy.

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Rivers 'died of low blood oxygen'

Joan Rivers died on September 4 (AP)

Joan Rivers died from low blood oxygen during a routine medical procedure to check out voice changes and reflux, the medical examiner's office has ruled.

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